September 10th, 2014 Day 3 of the Happiness Challenge
1. Having a strong support system makes me happy. I am blessed to have a small but very special group of people in my life that I can always looks to for support. They are my shoulders to cry on, my sounding boards to vent to, and my most appreciated teachers. I love them dearly and I could not imagine my life without them. While they don’t always tell me what I want to hear, they tell me what I need to hear and this is invaluable. I am grateful for their honesty, their empathy, their patience, and above all their unconditional love. Everyone could benefit from having someone in their corner and I’m lucky I have you all.
“Encourage, lift and strengthen one another. For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all. For we are connected, one and all.” Deborah Day
2. Solitude makes me happy. Every so often one just needs a little time to themselves. Some time to regroup, to sit in silence and to reflect on life. I welcome moments like these as they can serve as times of healing. All too often we allow ourselves to be consumed by trivial things that do not serve us. We forget that we too need attention and care. I gift my self with moments of solitude as often as I can. It is good for my soul and it brings forth moments if clarity and renewed energy.
“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” Michel de Montaigne
3. Painting makes me happy. Since the start of my pregnancy a lot of my painting has been put on hold. While I have not been able to work on larger scale pieces like I used to, I have been able to work on a few small watercolor images that I hope to one day give to my baby. It brings me to so much joy to paint. I get lost in my projects and time just seems to fly by. While I love seeing the final product I find that The in between time is the most fun. I strategize and play, I make mistakes and realize new options and overall I just enjoy being in the moment. Art is absolutely magical. It warms my heart to know that the pieces I have created for my son will be hanging in his nursery soon. Mommy made them especially for him and I hope he likes them. Soon enough we’ll be painting together.
“Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight.” Orhan Pamuk
I Paint because it brings me joy. What brings you joy?
This weekend I completed two art pieces for a friend and colleague of mine. It was such a pleasure working on this project that I wanted to share my experience with you all. The two paintings above are my first commissioned pieces, so I am sure you can imagine my excitement. I am filled with pride and am grateful to have been given an opportunity to share my passion with someone that can truly appreciate it.
Over the past few months I have definitely started to uncover a part of myself that lives to create through art. I mentioned in previous postings that I only recently started to paint again after I returned from a trip to Italy. This trip for me represented an awakening of a part of me that has long been locked away. While on this trip, I visited several art galleries and got to know some wonderful local artists. I found myself enthralled by their undying passion, and commitment to their craft. They were vibrant individuals with endless amounts of talent. As they each put it, they got to wake up every day in paradise and paint till their hearts content. This for me was just a beautiful thing to witness. This was living. When I left this magical place I promised myself that I would rekindle my love for painting and just see what happens. It was time for me to practice what I preach in my coaching with my clients. How can I encourage others to unlock these parts of themselves if I’m not taking notice of these parts of myself as well? I left Italy with the intention to dust off a passion I had long been ignoring and let it come alive again. I couldn’t wait!
Upon my return to New York, the days quickly got away from me. I returned to work re-energized from my ten-day vacation, but I felt like something was still missing. I wanted to paint! Limiting thoughts charged into my mind every time the idea of painting surfaced. I would worry about the money I was going to need to support this hobby, my lack of training and a number of other silly notions I attempted to convince myself of. Days went on like this until finally I received a sign. I arrived home one day after work and was met with a coupon for a local art store that had recently opened in my area. NO MORE EXCUSES! I told myself I couldn’t ignore this obvious sign for me to do what I had promised myself only a few days prior. I took the coupon and quickly ran down to BLICK art store with my credit card and huge smile on my face. The rest is history!
It’s been a little over four months since that fabulous day in May, and I am now a frequent shopper at BLICK, or as I like to refer to it, my adult Toys R Us. You can find me at BLICK almost every weekend picking up a new canvas or stocking up on vibrant paint colors that bring a smile to my face. I worry less about the cost of supplies and my lack of training because the feeling of freedom that I get when I am painting is absolutely priceless. I find that when I’m painting, I am lost to the world. I am focused and aligned with that teenage girl who just loved to make a mess and create. I enjoy feeling the brush against my finger tips and the feeling I get when I put paint to canvas. It’s a magical experience and it’s one that gives me a great deal of satisfaction. As I look back at these past few months, I am so happy I made the decision to follow my intuition and return to my passion for painting. I dreamed, I believed, and I definitely unlocked a part of myself I am so very happy to get to know again.
“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint“, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” ― Vincent van Gogh
Don't ever change yourself to impress someone, cause they should be impressed that you don't change to please others -- When you are going through something hard and wonder where God is, always remember that the teacher is always quiet during a test --- Unknown